Thursday, January 29, 2015

{Healthy} Banana Cream Pie Smoothie


Any time you can mix "healthy" and "yum", you know you've got a winner.  Check out the ingredients in this smoothie:  greek yogurt, almond milk, bananas and a little honey to sweeten it.  Totally healthy!  Flavor it with some vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg and you'll think you're drinking a slice of banana cream pie for breakfast - guilt free!  If you want to make it a little more dessert-y, throw in some vanilla wafers and top it off with a dollop of whip cream.  How good does it really taste, you ask.  Let's ask my three year old.  The first time I made it, he eagerly watched as I mixed it up and then took pictures of it.  As I clicked away with my camera, he sat next to me, dramatically licking his lips loudly the whole time.  I kid you not.  This kid is such a silly little hamm!  As soon as I was done and gave him the green light to take it down, he slurped it up in no time at all.  When he was done he turned to me and with a huge, content grin on his face said, "Dat is da best ting eber!"  Translation:  "That is the best thing ever!"  I'd have to agree with him.  We've had one almost every morning since.  When you make this smoothie it is very important that you freeze the bananas ahead of time to get the right consistency.  I like to slice up a bunch of bananas and portion them out into ziploc bags, with enough for one smoothie in each bag, then throw them in the freezer.  Make sure you lay them out flat so that you don't end up with a big frozen blob of banana slices.  It's easier to work with them if they're in a flat layer.  Then when I get a request for "da best smoothie eber", I grab some bananas out of the freezer and mix up some healthy yumminess.  And the smile I am rewarded with in return gets me every time!

Ingredients:
2 bananas, sliced and frozen
1/3 cup low-fat vanilla Greek yogurt
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups vanilla almond milk
4 vanilla wafer cookies
1 1/2 tablespoons honey
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
6 ice cubes (more or less to fit your desired consistency)

Directions:
Throw all ingredients in the blender. Blend thoroughly until smooth and creamy. Top with dollop of whip cream if desired.  Serve at once!


Source:  Baker By Nature

2 comments:

Jamie Young said...

Okay, this looks absolutely divine! It's definitely going on next week's after school snack list (and breakfast, and lunch, and every where in between :)

Janessa said...

Haha, you've got the right idea!

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